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Warden at prison where Epstein died temporarily reassigned, staffers placed on leave

Posted at 1:54 PM, Aug 13, 2019

The top official at the New York prison that had housed Jeffrey Epstein before his apparent suicide is being moved temporarily as the FBI and the Justice Department's inspector general investigate the circumstances of the death.

Two employees at the Metropolitan Correctional Center who had been assigned to Epstein's unit are also being placed on administrative leave, Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said, adding that "additional actions may be taken as the circumstances warrant."

The moves, which were directed by Attorney General William Barr, come one day after Barr said there were "serious irregularities" at the New York prison, and that he was "appalled" and "angry" to learn of the facility's "failure to adequately secure this prisoner."

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